Network Productions unveil $30 million production plans

Network Productions have announced a new production facility in a deal with Quatari company, Salam.

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By  James Thornton Published  March 2, 2001

Network Productions has finally unveiled plans for a US$30 million, state-of-the-art broadcast facility at the Dubai Media City in a bid to encourage the filming and production of major international motion pictures in the Middle East.

The media and film production house has teamed up with the Qatar based business organisation, Salam, to establish the production and broadcast centre. The new facility has been dubbed 'Network Production FZ LLC' and will provide regional and international media companies with the Middle East's first comprehensive broadcast and film production centre.

"The Middle East is one of the few regions in the world which has not yet been taken seriously by major international film and broadcast companies," said Riad Abdul Hadi, CEO, Network Productions. "We are confident that the combined capabilities of Network Productions and Salam together with the Dubai Media City will change attitudes and prompt an explosion of creative film work throughout the region."
The new production facility is set to occupy an area of more than 10,000 square meters and will be home to the latest technologies, including digital editing suites, on-line and off-line non-linear editing suites, video and laser subtitling and digital multi-track audio suites. Construction is scheduled to commence next month.

The FZ LLC will also boast a comprehensive infrastructure for Internet-based media, including web casting, multi-casting and an Internet content development cell.
"I am more confident than ever that the establishment of Network Productions will further strengthen Dubai Media City's growing stature as the region's media hub," said Mohammed Al Gergawi, director general of Dubai Technology, e-Commerce & Media Free Zone and Chairman of Dubai Media City.

Salam Holdings has established itself as a major systems integrators in the region. Qatar Television, Al Jazeera, Emirates Media and the Dubai Business Channel have all benefited from Salam's experience, with recent installations.
"It is the combination of regional talents and visionary leadership that will enable the Middle East to earn its way to the top of international media business."

The new facility is set to be fully operational by the end of the year and will be available to all qualified broadcasters. Abdul Hadi also revealed that major international film companies from Europe and the United States had already expressed serious interest to commence work on big international motion pictures and said that names would be revealed at a Dubai press conference later this year.

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